People Can Fly, the devs behind the Square Enix-published looter shooter claim they have not earned any profits or receive royalties from publisher Square Enix.
Looter shooter Outriders has had a massive launch back in April 2021 thanks to Game Pass deal that the publisher Square Enix struck with Microsoft close to the game's launch. According to the publisher, more than 3.5 million players played Outriders in the game's first month, which is certainly an impressive number for a new IP and a looter shooter that did not receive the best reviews.
Despite such a huge player count numbers, People Can Fly, the developer of the game, claim that they have not receive royalties from Square Enix, which could mean that the game has not been profitable just yet.
People Can Fly state that they were due royalties from sales of the game but only after all costs have been decoupled by Square Enix. These costs include production, distribution, promotion and QA.
People Can Fly CEO also stated that they don't have any sales figures but assume that the game sold around 3 million copies, which would make it profitable.
"We do not have any sales figures for Outriders – we estimate sales to be between 2 and 3 million copies and we assumed that this result would make the project profitable already in the first quarter of sales," CEO Sebastian Wojciechowski said.
Square Enix are yet to comment on the matter but have previously stated that the sales have been "very high" and that the player count has "beaten their expectations".
It will be interesting to see if the publisher release an official statement over the next few days.